City Clears Path For Indiana Jones

by Melissa Bailey | May 22, 2007 3:08 PM | | Comments (12)

indiana.jpgBooks fly. Students flee. Into a Yale courtyard bursts Indiana Jones.

So is the scene described by the men pictured below as they came to City Hall to ask for street closures to facilitate New Haven’s summer blockbuster — the fourth, as yet unnamed, Indiana Jones film.

Aldermen Monday approved street closures for the riveting chase through downtown streets — and heard a preview of the plot of the movie to be shot in part in downtown New Haven in coming weeks.

In the New Haven-shot scenes, professor Ford gets pursued by bad guys in black sedans through the Yale campus, up to athletic fields, where he may just catch a football for a moment of lighthearted shtick.

Aldermen approved closing sections of downtown streets to make way for the chase, as well as for a pre-filming street festival celebrating Harrison Ford’s visit.

“Can we get autographs?” asked Newhallville Alderwoman Katrina Jones after the men described Ford’s escapades through the Elm City.

IMG_8383.JPGFilming will run June 28 to July 6, reported David Martin, location manager for Genre Project’s East Coast sector (pictured at right, with assistant location manager Jason Farrar). Most of the scenes, by Martin’s recounting, involve Ford’s motorcycle (with stunt man, no doubt) bursting through bucolic Yale spots.

Why New Haven? Because of “its great-looking university with great-looking architecture,” Martin said. The film will be set in 1957.

Chase footage starts on Chapel between College and High, where Uma Thurman could be seen running takes of a pedestrian accident for a film called In Bloom last summer. On Monday, Indiana Jones bursts through Yale’s Branford College courtyard on the motorcycle, continuing on through Saybrook College. Tuesday, he’ll head to a Yale baseball diamond off Derby Avenue, which has a tunnel running under it, according to Martin’s research.

“I’m sure they’re going to make it try to fly out of the tunnel,” Martin told the aldermen. Then Indy “steals a football from practice and uses it as a weapon,” he said. (Martin later elaborated the football throw was just an example of a possible moment of lighthearted comic relief, not a guarantee.) Thursday, the chase will hit downtown’s Wall Street, then Friday, it’ll fly by Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library, on to Woolsey Hall, where the film crew hopes to stage the finale.

Ford bursts through Commons, which is set up to look like a study hall. “Books will be flying, students will be running.” If all goes as currently planned, a Sedan may flip over outside on Grove Street.

All the excitement will require about 500 extras, Martin said. (Look for announcements soon on where to audition.) Stores will be compensated for having to close business.

To prepare New Haveners for their impending date with Hollywood, the city plans to close Temple Street on the Green for a festival on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Festivities include projecting an Indy movie onto a screen on the Green, said Barbara Lamb, the city’s director of cultural affairs.

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Posted by: Our Town [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 22, 2007 3:27 PM

I hear James Bond is next. Then Mission Impossible IV!

Posted by: cedarhillresident [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 22, 2007 4:23 PM

Ok ok you know I can not resist!!!!

this comment below...

Why New Haven? Because of "its great-looking university with great-looking architecture,"

This is why the new Becker and Becker building show not be built! Sorry had to say it!!

PS notice to all my bosses that read this during the week of filming I may suddenly be leaving the office to star chase!!! :)

Posted by: bugupit | May 22, 2007 6:42 PM

I hear Rocky IIX opens with Balboa as an off duty cop working security at the Taurus Club on Winchester.

Posted by: Christine | May 22, 2007 7:15 PM

It's not fair. New Haven gets to have all the fun. I can't think of one film that was shot in Hartford....

Posted by: Robn | May 23, 2007 1:15 PM

Here's an idea to make that scene even better! When Harrison Ford goes racing through the Yale campus, have him jump his motorcycle over the Harkness Tower just like Steve McQueen did in The Great Escape! For a ramp, they can pile up the bags of cash that Yale saves by not paying taxes.(sorry...had to say it!)

Posted by: Jean | May 24, 2007 5:21 AM

hehe cool chase foot porsuite in indiana jones part 4 nice guys am very happy to see this in the film go Harrison Ford go cache em hehe have nice day for the filming scene lucky guys am in quebec and i cant see it just in 2008 lolll.

Posted by: Ben | May 24, 2007 11:01 AM

New Haven is better than your town. :)

Posted by: Lady Jaye | May 24, 2007 11:11 AM

Ugghhh it was supposed to be the last crusade!!! Last Crusade!! Can't Hollywood develop a new hero, someone else to take the action reigns!!

Ford was once one of the greatest action heroes, don't know if he still has it??

Just like Han Solo, he should let Indy stay retired!! Oh and why Shia?? Where's Karen Allen?? Cate Blanchett is yet another love interest...ho hum.

Posted by: cedarhillresident [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 24, 2007 12:41 PM

Lady Jaye
SACRILEGE!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

I think that Ford and Conery are still very sexy men to woman and very manly men to men. Just because we and they are older does not mean they can't handle it!

60 is the new 40 :)

Posted by: Otis McNutt | May 24, 2007 7:22 PM

I would love to see them film in Enfield... That would be choice!

Posted by: Jon | May 29, 2007 12:10 AM

Sorry Lady Jaye, But no one, and I mean no one, can take the reigns Like Harrison Ford!!!:) GO INDY!

Posted by: Hanselation | May 31, 2007 5:11 PM

Indy will be back in that manner how we like it.
Trust him!

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